You can go hands-on with a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL if you visit a Verizon store tomorrow

While both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have beenavailable to pre-order since last week, they're still days, or even weeks awayfrom shipping. Thankfully, if you want to see and feel the two handsets in theflesh, you will be able to do so tomorrow, October 12, thanks to Verizon.


According to Scott Charlston, Public Relations Manager atVerizon Wireless, you can "get a hands-on preview" of Google's latestsmartphones if you "head to your nearest Verizon store on 10/12."This likely means that you'll be able to find a new Pixel in most (if not all) Verizon stores across the US.Checking out the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL live should really help you decide ifyou want to buy one.  


Verizon is the only US carrier that's offering the Pixel2 and Pixel 2 XL, though the handsets are obviously also available on GoogleStore (being compatible with all carriers).


In case you can't make it to a Verizon store, you can take acloser look at Google's newest devices - both running Android 8 Oreo - by checking out our Pixel 2 hands-on and our Pixel 2 XLhands-on (videos included).


source: Scott Charlston (Twitter) via Droid-life 

Related phones

Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hmm... I've already bought mine through Google Fi, but I think that I might still drop by to check it out. I expect the Pixel 2 to essentially be a Nexus 6P mini.


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Did you pay in full or Fi finance like a regular plan? Cause I'm curious one purchased two from Fi with 8gb plan. I'm going to sell my pixel 128 and pixel 32gb on Swappa because it seems the trade doesn't go to paying off the phone but to the bill? Is the right?

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I did the finance plan, I'm not sure as I didn't trade in my Nexus 6P, but I'm pretty sure that the savings would be reflected in the cost of the replacement device. I say this because the Fi promotion for the Moto X allowed for a trade-in deal, "plus" $50 credit off your Fi bill. "Plus" being the key word, meaning the trade-in savings were separate from any Fi service savings.

5. SomeGuywithTech

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

I did the preorder for the pixel 2. Google's promotion is if you buy it out right and then trade in the original pixel, you can get $400 off (They credit the card you used) plus the google mini free (w/i 4 weeks). I have the pixel xl currently. In the end including taxes, $300 for a pixel 2 + a home mini = good deal in my book.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013


6. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I totally see the 6P mini. Not sure I see that as a selling point design-wise, but I am looking to downsize. I'm waffling between the Pixel 2 and Fi Moto X4. Might come down to battery life and how much I care about a headphone jack.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, for me, the phone will be in a case the entire time I own the device so I don't care all that much about the way the back looks and I can live with bezels. I was also torn between the Pixel 2 and Moto X4, The price was the only negative point for the Pixel 2 (for me), I went with the 128 GB Clearly White model so once it's all paid off, it will be $749. The Moto X4 while it was significantly less expensive for me, it would have meant less powerful processor, less RAM, 1/4 the native storage, no stereo speakers, less preferred placement of the fingerprint scanner, one year fewer software updates, no bonus of free full resolution cloud storage for photos and videos, always listening song recognition, & the squeeze to launch Google Assistant feature (Which I find compelling). The Moto X4 also being an Android One phone would mean that it would lack the software features that Makes Motorola phones so unique. After all the inner turmoil I endured about what phone I would get, I opted for the Pixel 2, it cost so much more, but for a device I plan to use for at least 2 years, it seemed like going with the alternative would result in far too many compromises. One last perk, the Pixel Live cases look really awesome and I've already got a design picked out. I'm just broke at the moment so I'll have to wait till mid-November before I can drop the extra $40-$50 for the thing.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'll play around with the Pixel 2 and see how I feel. I'm concerned that after 2 years with the 6P, a 5" screen will seem really small. I have an old Droid Maxx for comparison, but even that isn't entirely accurate since it had capacitive nav buttons. My priorities have definitely changed in the past couple years. I don't care so much about latest processor, most RAM, or even native storage (I don't game, so I can offload my music, photos, and videos to microSD on the Moto). My priorities, in order, are battery life, stock Android/updates, camera speed and quality, and size. And yes, an Android One Moto X will lack much Moto software, but according to the motorola website, it still has Moto Actions and Moto Display, which is about all I need.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well then, you have a tough choice you have to face. The X4 does have a higher capacity battery and a more power efficient processor, or so I'm lead to believe. As for the size of the display, I have a Moto X (2013) that has a 4.7" display and it feels so much more comfortable to use than my Nexus 6P. I was not aware that the Android One Moto X4 had Moto Actions and Display, knowing it came with those apps would have really been something I would have considered when making my decision.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I had to really dig to find out about Moto software. Most of the Motorola web page for the Fi version just calls out the latest Google software. Last thing listed under phone specs is Motorola software. I wanted to see if it supports fingerprint scanner gestures. I'm still not sure it does, because the standard version lists one-finger navigation, and the Fi does not. I'm still on the fence. I tried out the Pixel 2 at a Verizon store for a few minutes and it felt very comfortable and natural. Like that's the size and shape a phone should be.

4. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Cool. Can't wait to give the device a spin.

10. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Went to the store today. The Pixel 2 has quieter speakers than the Pixel 2 XL. the earpiece speaker in the stereo speaker setup in the Pixel 2 has very high treble and is sharp while the bottom speaker is full with bass and clear audio quality. It almost sounds like the mod with the Nexus 5X enabling stereo speakers. Very unpleasant experience. The Pixel 2 XL has a similar effect but not nearly as bad. the earpiece speaker has a more full sound to it but is still a little quieter and the bass isnt as full as the bottom speaker in the stereo setup. Ran the tests and duplicated the problem with If you were hoping for Nexus 6p quality stereo front facing speakers, you are going to be disappointed :\

11. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That is pretty disappointing, because I'm not exactly blown away by the sound quality coming out of my 6P. Loud maybe, but not full.

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